The last 18 months has had an effect on everyone in some way. I've been fortunate to grow my business and working for myself was a blessing but it's still been very hard. 

The children have been affected and my own well-being has had some major ups and downs.

Lack of time to myself and lack of time with friends both took their toll.

At the current time my biggest challenge is balancing a growth stage of my business with spending enough time with my family.

Eyes on the prize though and I am saving for a house. So in general I'm really grateful and happy right now and feeling glad I'm here to tell the tale of the last two years. 

What's your customer base too, some prefer to deal with one or the other. Always the way, same as if you are not big enough to VAT register but choose to, it sets an impression. Oh the days of not having too though :P - it was nice to have the choice.”

What a humble brag! 

Quora Ads (PPC) - worth a look 13th June 2021 8:40 PM

Interesting, thanks. I think it's unlikely that my true target market is there though. High paid executives wanting to make a career move of some kind. 

Cloned Royal Mail website scam 13th June 2021 8:39 PM

There's a huge increase in spam emails and texts lately, it's dreadful! 

I'm back! 13th June 2021 8:34 PM

I have been a bit quiet on here. 

It's been a range of reasons but one was my daughter was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) a few weeks ago 

It's all come to light due to the Lockdown really as her behaviour just got worse and worse and the lack of routine etc. Had a big effect.

We're working on strategies to help but it's a big learning curve and she still thrives at school so that's good. As long as they don't close again. Haha. 

It's also meant I'm even more determined to grow my business as I want to be able to pay for private healthcare. 

The NHS is not fit for purpose for anything chronic and the help we need just isn't there. I paid for the assessment privately and it was not that far off £2k! The NHS wait list was 2 years. 

Anyway, I apologise for my absence and I hope everyone is well and enjoying some of the freedoms like the pub. We are not there yet but I'm vaccinated and ready for some gigs!

British humour at its best 13th June 2021 8:26 PM

Hahahaha this is gold Steve!

I'm not sure if you saw it but Brewdog got outed by over 60 ex staff in a letter explaining how toxic and damaging their culture was.

Prior to this I had believed that they were an ethical culture doing the right thing by their workers and also growing into a billion pound business.

Whilst the letter isn't proof in a court of law it appears to be enough to change my mind on the company and it's leaders.

I follow James Watt the CEO on LinkedIn and I have to admit some of his posts were a bit much at times but I excused it as he's a big personality. The ego is obviously so big it took over everything though.

A number of years ago they were also accused of stealing marketing ideas from pitches without hiring the agencies in question. 

I am the last to jump on a bandwagon, but Brewdog's initial response to the letter online was so condescending and self centered it was horrendous. Look it up. 

Watt has since come out and apologized but it feels like empty words to me.

Let's see what happens but the damage to his reputation and that if the business must be huge.

Do you think you can run a huge corporation without stamping on your employees? Few seem to manage it!

I doubt we'll ever be free of it... But I just want my fun social life back please! I don't think it'll be happening on 21st June though. 

I'm learning... As I'm naturally very blunt (shocking I know) and I realise that approach isn't really the best way to deal with the majority of people. So I do try and give constructive feedback with some positives and negatives. Asking them what they think can be done is a trick I use with my kids! 

Genuine bad reviews are one thing and like Steve says, seeing the business' responses is important. But spammy rubbish or even a competitor trying to ruin you is unacceptable!